Axl Rose rejects Rock Hall; fans take offense
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In this morning’s open letter to his fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N’ Roses co-founder Axl Rose predicted some backlash from fans longing to see the original incarnation of the band perform onstage. ‘Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout),’ wrote Rose, ‘I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision.’
He was right.
Though unintended, offense has been taken, fans are disappointed, and it’s all over the band’s Facebook page. The reactions range from dismissive to angry. ‘Axl’s never done anything for the fans, why would he start now!’ wondered a commenter named Melanie Finlay.
Wrote another: ‘So sad. I’ll never really understand Axl’s motivations, but there have been plenty of bands that can’t stand each other that are able to perform together for years (ie. Aerosmith). Was really hoping they might pull it off for 1 show that honors all the members of the group.’
Rose’s defenders have spoken as well, many of whom agree with his position on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ‘Truly amazing! Axl Rose has more class, brains and talent then any put together,’ wrote Penny Taylor. ‘It took extreme courage and love to the fans to relate the reasons and strife that he has been dealing with silently trying to be fair to the fans and to others.’
And then there are the rational fans who accepted his decision with disappointment but grace. Wrote someone named ‘Pinkie Pie After Too Much Sugar,’ with notable diplomacy: ‘GNR is never getting back together. Axl and Slash will never get along again. And the fact that so-called ‘fans’ are trying to force two people who hate each other to work together is unfair.’
-- Randall Roberts